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TCL exec hints at game changing BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard to be unveiled at CES?

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TCL exec hints at game changing BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard to be unveiled at CES?
The other day, we told you that TCL was going to be designing, manufacturing, selling, promoting and handling customer service for BlackBerry's new handsets. Considering that the BlackBerry DTEK50 and BlackBerry DTEK60 are both actually re-branded TCL related phones (the former is the Alcatel Idol 4 and the latter is the TCL 950. Alcatel is a joint venture between TCL and Alcatel-Lucent), this is a process that has already begun.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has said that he would honor his promise to release one last home-grown model sporting a physical QWERTY keyboard. And while images of a phone called the BlackBerry Mercury have been disseminated, something more exciting appears to be on the way. First of all, some of TCL's Twitter accounts have been using the hashtag #TheNewBlackBerry along with the image that you'll find in the slideshow. And secondly, a cryptic tweet from Steve Cistulli, the President and GM of TCL Communication in North America, has plenty to say between the lines.

Cistulli's tweet might not mean much to the ordinary Joe. "Remington No. 2 of 1878 #TheNewBlackBerry" reads the message. The kicker here is that the Remington No. 2 was a game changing typewriter produced in 1878. It featured a QWERTY keyboard and a Shift key. Why mention such a game changing QWERTY unless you have one of your own on the way?


source: @SteveCistulli via Crackberry

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posted on 16 Dec 2016, 23:09 13

1. meanestgenius (Posts: 15388; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Awesome! This is great news for pkb enthusiasts like myself. There is still some demand for pkb devices, despite it now being a niche product. So far, it seems that BlackBerry has chosen wisely concerning the TCL deal. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more about this at CES.

posted on 16 Dec 2016, 23:23 11

2. Busyboy (Posts: 623; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


Why do you guys insist on watermarking pictures that aren't yours?

posted on 16 Dec 2016, 23:43

3. ThE_fLaSh (Posts: 26; Member since: 10 Dec 2016)


give me a one plus 5 like price tag!!!

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 00:56 4

4. Pabliell (Posts: 67; Member since: 22 Mar 2016)


Something like "game changing Blackberry" does not exist.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 01:26 12

6. meanestgenius (Posts: 15388; Member since: 28 May 2014)


The pain in your comment is real.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 01:37 1

7. jplightning (Posts: 243; Member since: 04 Nov 2016)


Ahahahahahahaha! Bruh...you be havin' me ctfu when you catch these cats, yo! +1 to ya, fam.

Speakin' on the article, I would love to peep this. Always carried a BlackBerry on me, even now with me using other phones.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 02:49

8. azimesmail (Posts: 252; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


The DTEK60 is a good phone. If they can give us a high end Android device with a physical keyboard, and a price around that of the DTEK60, it would certainly be something special.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 06:16 2

11. meanestgenius (Posts: 15388; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Lol, thanks.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 10:37

16. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Let's hope they make a camera that doesn't suck this time.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 11:58 1

18. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 1765; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


BB is a company that focuses on security and great software. It doesn't have to get the greatest camera.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 12:39 3

19. meanestgenius (Posts: 15388; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Exactly. And the camera on the BlackBerry PRIV and the DTEK60 didn't suck. Scored well on DxO Mark.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 15:53

21. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2014; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I can't believe you actually posted something accurate. Who are you and what have you done with Princess Mxy?

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 16:50 1

26. jplightning (Posts: 243; Member since: 04 Nov 2016)


That cornball is straight Pinocchio. He ain't used a BlackBerry Priv or Dtek 60 in his life to know how the camera really is. One of my bro's has a Priv, and I have a Dtek 60. The DXO MARK review of the Priv camera and the TCL 950 camera, which is the same on one the 60, was spot on. Those joints take snaps as good as the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, and the Xperia Z3+ by Sony.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 17:43 2

28. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2014; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


More like the butthurt in his comment.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 17:48 2

29. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2014; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I've owned the Priv and that camera was very good. I haven't used the 60 but I do own the Windows Idol 4S which is identical and the camera blows donkeydick. In daylight when there's abundant natural light, any camera is good. It's when dusk comes around that the pretenders are separated from the contenders. I still say the Lumia 950 series take the best low-light shots in spite of what biased "experts" say. We can't have phones on dead OSes killing iPhones and Androids now can we? BTW, my Nokia 808 PureView is still the Last Emperor.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 18:19 2

30. meanestgenius (Posts: 15388; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Gotta agree with you here, Crispin. The Lumia 950 series takes awesome low light photos. My old Lumia 925 takes great low-light photos, as well. And as far as the Nokia 808 PureView, well, that smartphone camera is absolutely amazing. I still dust off that and my Nokia N8 from time to time.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 19:18

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 23613; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


MG, BB looking to strike it big at CES. I go every year, and I'll be on hand to see wassup.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 19:39

32. meanestgenius (Posts: 15388; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Nice! I wish I was going this year. I would love to see what new BlackBerry handsets will be there, up close and personal. Please let me know how it turns out!

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 19:55 1

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 23613; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Sure will. That's a perk of living in Las Vegas. My best friends brother in law is a Microsoft subsidiary, and he gets us badges every year.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 01:16

5. libra89 (Posts: 804; Member since: 15 Apr 2016)


Ooh if this is the Mercury phone, very cool!

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 02:51

9. azimesmail (Posts: 252; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


The Mercury is supposed to be the last phone actually made by BlackBerry. A mid-ranger. So this isn't gonna be it. This will be a BlackBerry branded phone made by TCL. But if it has high end specs, along with BlackBerry's signature physical keyboard, I'll definitely be checking it out.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 05:52 1

10. phonehome (Posts: 809; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Was thinking....how about keyboard / keypad that can work with any application. As it is now, the physical keys on the lower half of the device take up much space, are there whether you need them or not, and ultimately can't be changed.

One more thing, I believe today's date is 1/9/2007. The posts above this have the date of 12/17/2016. I think PhoneArena needs to check and properly sync their server autodating.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 06:52 1

12. aman5mathur (Posts: 204; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


I see what you did there, Lol
+1 for that

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 07:14 1

13. jplightning (Posts: 243; Member since: 04 Nov 2016)


Quick question: Why do some cats that don't like pkb's come on a BlackBerry article, a spot known to be pro-pkb, to sneak-diss a pkb? Like, fr? You ain't got nothin' better to do? If ya don't lik it, that's cool. Why bother speakin' on it then, especially if it ain't hurtin' you? And before anyone asks, yeah, someone just did it 'bout an hour ago here.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 07:26

14. phonehome (Posts: 809; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


I think you were referring to my 'timewarp' post (which was the only one about an hour before your post). Maybe Blackberry could enter that timewarp and market a very desirable phone with a touchscreen. Just some motivation for the company. They need some pretty big help since I see just about nobody using their product.

Oh, and I live with two cats. But they did not post this or the original comment. And TBH, I don't even know if they would be interested in this site, let alone have profile(s) here.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 07:41 3

15. jplightning (Posts: 243; Member since: 04 Nov 2016)


Except that they already have one. It goes by the name Dtek60. It's that hot 'ish with the flagship specs, smokin' design and dope software on it, for much less than the current flagships. You may not like it, but that don't mean it ain't desirable. But maybe that time warp made ya miss it. And just 'cause you don't see peeps with the product, doesn't mean nobody uses it. I'm pretty sure them enterprise and government cats would disagree with you. And ain't nothin' wrong with a pkb phone. It's called differentiation. We need that in the smartphone market, not the same old boring slab joints.

Btw, I'm a cat lover, too. That's all you had to say for that part.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 10:39 1

17. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


English please.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 13:12 1

20. jplightning (Posts: 243; Member since: 04 Nov 2016)


Ahahahahahaha! Yo...look at this cornball in comment 17 trying to pick a fight with me because I said something positive about BlackBerry. This cat is lonely on a Saturday. Ahahahahahahaha!

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 15:57

22. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2014; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I thought all you youngsters spoke Ebonics? Hell, I'm in my 50s and understood every word.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 16:38

23. trojan_horse (Posts: 3929; Member since: 06 May 2016)


I understood every word too... Mxy ptobably just wanted to nag that jplightning guy.

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